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NPHL Weekend Preview: Sunday, February 21st Junior Hockey News

Published: Monday, 22 Feb 2016  
By: Garrett J Fabris

Wenatchee, WA – The Seattle Ravens and Wenatchee Wolves duked it out for a one-game series this evening. To start the game, the Wolves were able to capture a quick two-goal lead in the first period. On those goals, it was Denton Hymer and Brayden Durante who were able to locate the back of the net. These two goals pushed the Wolves to a 2 – 0 lead by the end of the first period.

As the puck dropped to start the second period, neither team was able to score until the final five minutes of the period. During the period’s only goal, the Wolves were able to extend the team’s lead to 3 – 0. The Wolves’ defense was just as hot as the team’s offense during the period, as they held the Ravens to only two shots on goal.

Once the third period started, the Wolves put the pedal to the medal and didn’t ease up until the final horn. During the final period, the Wolves were able to score six straight goals. This six-goal period by the Wolves pushed the team to a 9 – 0 victory over the Ravens.

Ryan McKelvie, the Wolves’ head coach, commented on tonight’s game. He said, “I thought our team worked hard, played a disciplined game, and we were responsible in all three zones tonight.”

The Ravens (6-27-1-1, 14 points) have now concluded the team’s three-game weekend, while the Wolves (34-1-0-0, 68 points) have also wrapped up their two-game weekend. Both of these teams will meet again next Sunday, February 28th, at 7:35 pm (PST).

Notable Performances:
(WEN) Anders Johnson (D) – excellent defensive play and two assists
(WEN) Tom Ignatovich (F) – one goal and three assists

Kennewick, WA – After losing to the Tri-City Outlaws last night, the Eugene Generals were able to come out and score two quick goals to start tonight’s game. Baxter Cox scored first for the Generals; this goal was then followed up by a goal from Christian Dale. Before the period came to an end, the Outlaws were able to answer back with two goals of the team’s own. Once period concluded, both teams were knotted up at two goals apiece.

The Outlaws’ momentum followed the team into the second period. Just about two minutes after the period started, Adam Shimamoto scored his second goal of the night for the Outlaws. Shimamoto’s goal was then followed up by a goal from Aaron Questad. These goals put the Outlaws up over the Generals by two goals as the period came to an end.

After starting the third period up 4 – 2, the Outlaws were able to build on the team’s lead. Colton Symbol started the three-goal period for the Outlaws, which was then followed up by two goals from Questad and Payton Okon. These goals pushed the Outlaws to a 7 – 2 victory over the Generals.

Geno McCue, the Outlaws’ head coach, shared his thoughts about tonight’s game. McCue said, “I thought the boys stepped up and did exactly what they needed to do. It was nice to see this type of performance in back-to-back nights. The consistency was there, and we haven’t had that all year.”

Justin Kern, the Generals’ head coach, also shared his thoughts about his team’s performance tonight. Kern said, “our guys didn’t play a team game, they didn’t play with heart, and they have this chip on their shoulder that they don’t have to work hard right now. If other teams are willing to work hard, they’re going to win these games.”

The Outlaws (12-23-1-0, 25 points) were able to sweep the Generals (21-13-1-1, 44 points) this weekend in a two-game series. Next weekend, the Outlaws will take on the Seattle Ravens for a home-and-home series. Then the Generals will host the Wenatchee Wolves for a two-game series.

Notable Performances:
(TRI) Aaron Questad (F) – two goals and two assists
(TRI) Adam Shimamoto (F) – two goals and one assist

For next weekend’s preview, tune in to the NPHL’s website on Wednesday, February 24th.

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